Recordings of these sessions can be found on the respective daily tabs above.

Monday, November 16, 2020

Day 1 - Innovation

Session 1A


Virtual Site Visits
Joshua Miller, Caltrans, Environmental Planner, Caltrans Division of Environmental Planning 
A showcase of the potential uses of drone images and GPS data in creating 3D visualizations of time-stamped site conditions.

Utilization of Unmanned Aerial System(UAS) for Emergency Slide Projects
Kourosh Langari, Division of Design South-Peninsula
This presentation focuses on utilization of UAS technology for emergency slide projects

Session 1B


Data Visualization at Caltrans
Lloyd Light, Caltrans, Division of Research, Innovation and System Information
An overview of available data visualization technologies at Caltrans.

Managing the Unsheltered Situation: A Caltrans Approach to Safely and Efficiently
Manage the Unsheltered within the Right-of-Way

Cameron Muir, Transportation Engineer & GIS Specialist, Traffic Operations
& Advance Planning

Survey123 is an ESRI product that allows GIS professionals to design surveys to collect information in the field and display the information geographically. I developed a survey and data viewer to collect data on unsheltered encampments in the State Right-of-Way. This development occurred during the big lawsuit the Bay Area Legal Office (BALO) was addressing for CT evicting unsheltered folks from our right-of-way. This app was used locally by the District 1 Hazardous Materials Coordinator, but soon gained interest from BALO and other Districts. BALO and other engineers from D4 wants to expand this app to a statewide level to be able to use the data to assist with any potential future and ongoing lawsuit. The data can be used in multiple ways. E.g. to keep track of historical camp sites, hot spot camp sites, and investigate camping trends. The survey can be expanded to capture unsheltered personal items, so they can be tagged and logged to follow the law. All of the sites that are logged in the field can be displayed on an internal map to be used for logistical purposes and to inform others of current sites within the District or the State.

Session 2A


Wildlife Passage Modifications on State Route 118 in Las Posas Valley
Celina Oliveri, Associate District Biologist COS Projects and Grants (Project’s Biologist) Francis Appiah, Senior Mitigation Specialist; Newton Wong, Associate District Biologist Maintenance Biology Unit; Division of Environmental Planning Caltrans District 7
State Route 118 is currently one of the largest obstacles affecting the movement of wildlife in a critical wildlife linkage within the Santa Monica-Sierra Madre Connection by acting as a barrier for wildlife crossing, and allowing for Wildlife-Vehicle Collisions. California Department of Transportation (Caltrans District 7) is attempting to remedy the negative effects of highways on wildlife by improving key undercrossings for wildlife movement, such as with State Route 118 within Ventura County.

The Future Home of The World’s Largest Structure to Preserve Biodiversity Across the Region by Reconnecting an Integral Wildlife Corridor and Historic Passage
Francis Appiah, Senior Mitigation Specialist, Celina Oliveri, Associate District Biologist COS Projects and Grants (Project’s Biologist), Newton Wong, Associate District Biologist Maintenance Biology Unit; Division of Environmental Planning Caltrans District 7 
The Liberty Canyon Wildlife Crossing will be the world’s largest structure to aid in reconnecting an integral wildlife corridor and historic passageway. This crossing will connect the open spaces of the Santa Susanna Mountains and the Los Padres National Forest, thereby making it safe for local wildlife to migrate from the southwestern portion of the Santa Monica Mountains to the northern mountain ranges, and back. In providing a connection to these open spaces, the Liberty Canyon Wildlife Crossing will increase safety for both animal species, as well as motorists, increase genetic variability, and preserve biodiversity.  

Frog Ladder/Tube to Provide Wildlife Passage in the Feather River Canyon
Jesse Gilbert, E.I.T., Hydraulics and Sarah-Jane Gerstman, Associate Environmental Planner NS (Biologist), Environmental
Modifications to culverts were made in response to the Camp Fire where culverts were replaced due to fire damage. As a result, an impediment prevented a state listed frog from accessing its seasonal habitat. Caltrans Design and Environmental responded immediately by collaborating and creating two innovative solutions: (1) a temporary frog ladder used until (2) a permanent frog tube would be installed. 

Monarch Butterfly Roadside Habitat Rapid Assessment: an interdisciplinary approach to integrate Monarchs into the environmental process
Stephanie Herbert, District 5 Interdisciplinary Monarch Focus Group
The monarch butterfly is currently under review by USFWS to decide whether or not it will be listed on the Endangered Species List in 2020. This review was triggered because monarch butterfly populations nationwide have been in rapid decline, experiencing loss of about 95% of their population since the 1980s. Transportation right-of-way is considered as potentially suitable monarch butterfly habitat. The Monarch Butterfly Interdisciplinary Focus Group has partnered with the Monarch Joint Venture to create an innovative protocol to survey future projects’ suitability for monarch butterfly habitat and identify ways to easily improve habitat without imposing additional cost or personnel time. The group has provided ways to consider monarch butterflies on projects being planned now, before the species is listed as threatened or endangered, to minimize project delays and costs that would come if the species is listed in 2020. The interdisciplinary group is comprised of Caltrans District 5 staff including Biologists, Environmental Coordinators, Landscape Architects, and Data Analysts as well as input from the Monarch Joint Venture. 

Session 2B 


VDC/BIM Implementation in GIS Environments During PA/ED and PS&E process
Kourosh Langari, Division of Design South- Peninsula
This presentation showcases Integrated Project Delivery BIM/VDC utilizing Digital Terrain Model(DTM) and Digital Design Model(DDM) using ArcGIS Pro Platform during PA/ED and PS&E process.

ADA Mobile Data Collection and Inspection
Yinleng Vang, Transportation Engineer, Asset Management
Because ADA data can be granular, data housekeeping and management can become resource-intensive. This presentation shows how Enterprise GIS can streamline ADA inspection and quality control by digitizing CEM-like forms for both standard and non-standard ADA elements.

Project Finder and Analytics ArcGIS Dashboard
Lana Morris, Research Data Analyst II, Asset Management 
The purpose of this application is to inform the public, Local Transportation Committee members, and Caltrans employees of the current status and locations of projects within District 9. Using the ArcGIS Online Dashboard as a platform, users can interactively search project locations, and query projects based on name, current phase and county the project resides in. Users can also spatially navigate the project database and click on a project to view a customized pop-up containing detailed project information.

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Day 2 - Safety & Innovation

Session 1A

Troy Bucko, Transportation Engineer, HQ Division of Safety Programs
Shahnaz Alvi, Transportation Engineer, D11 Traffic Operations

Wrong Way Prevention Markings
Thirty off-ramps in District 11 have been identified for the installation of wrong-way driver prevention pavement marking package that includes reflective double-sided (white and red) markings, wrong-way wording and arrows.
Red Colored Bus Only Lanes
An express bus lane was constructed within the median of State Route 15 in San Diego County with ingress and egress off the Freeway. Vehicular traffic was entering and departing the facility at high speed thinking it was an HOV lane. Over 100 violations were being issued month by CHP. An innovation to treat the ingress and egress with a red color using die colored recycled television screens was applied to the two ingress and two egress points and entrances of vehicles and violations were eliminated. This was the first trial of red colored pavement on freeway lanes in the US.
Route Shields on Pavement
Route Shields painted on pavement in advance of interchange decision points to allow time for the motorists to make appropriate lane changes 

Session 1B

Ron Boyle, Senior Manager, GHD, Inc. Roberto Banda, Design Branch N Manager, Caltrans District 6 Rich Deal, Principal Engineer, Transportation Agency for Monterey County
The Transportation Agency for Monterey County partnered with Caltrans District 5/6 and GHD, Inc. to adopt an innovative design using roundabouts. At State Route 156 and Castroville Boulevard, a new interchange is planned to address a high collision rate. The interchange approaches, rather than the typical traffic signal, will have roundabouts to slow down traffic and improve safety. The traffic simulation showed that the bridge only needed 2 lanes rather than 4 to accommodate trips when roundabouts are used, as opposed to signals. Students walking or biking to the nearby high school will also be safer since roundabouts will slow down traffic. All in all, it is a win-win design!

Session 2A

Melissa Clark, Transportation Engineer (Electrical), Division of Research Innovation and System Information (DRISI) 
The department has also broken new ground with our Caltrans Responder system. This is a communication tool for those responding to incidents to allow photographs, drawings, weather information, incident information, and maps to be shared between responders and a Traffic Management Center (TMC), Public Information Officer, Outside Agencies, etc. during an incident via WiFi, cellular, satellite, or other communication method. This information is critical for Caltrans maintenance staff—often first on the scene—to determine the appropriate response and manage resources at-scene. After successful demonstration of the responder system, Caltrans is transitioning the Responder prototype from research to a vendor in order to enhance, upgrade, and deploy the system. 

Session 2B

William Owen, Chief, Geophysics and Geology Branch, Geotechnical Services, Caltrans Division of Engineering Services
The California Department of Transportation has deployed a multichannel Ground Penetrating Radar system (GPR), for evaluation of pavement and bridge deck condition. The system is vehicle-mounted and collects a 1.6-m (5.3-ft) swath of GPR data at highway speeds. This high rate of data collection allows us to reduce data acquisition costs, minimize traffic impacts and improve safety for the operator and the public.

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Day 3 - Modality & Innovation

Session 1A


Making Peds and Bikes "Count" - A Statewide Active Transportation Count Database
Emily Abrahams, Senior Transportation Planner – ATP/ATRC Program Manager, Division of Local Assistance
Hannah Keyes, Associate Regional Planner- Mobility Planning and Management, Southern California Association of Governments 

Caltrans is collaborating with the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) to expand and improve upon their regional active transportation database with additional inputs and access for all agencies in the state. The Statewide Active Transportation Database (SATDB) will streamline bicycle and pedestrian counting efforts and provide a valuable resource for planners, engineers, and researchers to analyze active transportation trends. The SATDB will serve as a one-stop shop for active transportation count data by setting statewide methodologies for counting and storing volumes of active transportation users, establishing statewide consistencies for data collection and reporting, and encouraging all MPOs and local agencies in the State to utilize these methods and tools established to streamline the ongoing and future data collection efforts across California.

Caltrans Active Transportation Plans: Innovation in Data and Public Involvement
Jessica (Jessi) Downing, Associate Transportation Planner, Division of Transportation Planning
Caltrans is currently developing active transportation plans in all twelve districts. Each district plan will identify locations on or near the State Highway System in need of improvements for bicyclists and pedestrians. Innovative strategies for collecting data and public input are crucial to the success of each plan.

Session 1B

Sam Amen, Traffic System Performance Branch Chief, CAV Manager, Traffic Operations Division - TMC
Asfand Siddiqui, Senior Transportation Electric Engineer

Caltrans, District 11 is the lead of the San Diego Regional Proving Ground (SDRPG) working with SANDAG and City of Chula Vista to further the Automated Vehicles (AV) and Connected Vehicle (CV) implementations. SDRPG is one of the proving grounds that industry and academia are using to gauge safety, manage various roadways and conditions, and handle different types of vehicles and supporting technology. San Diego has a global reputation as a high-tech hub and the region’s innovative highway system that includes Integrated Corridor Management (ICM) and Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS). The vision for the SDRPG is to provide real-world facilities for validating innovative technologies that advance mobility, safety, sustainability, and economic prosperity. This presentation will highlight the progress on a number of pilots, Caltrans Traffic Operations Division and DRISI support, Partnership opportunities, and developing a vision for the future of Transportation

Session 2A

Brooke Emery, Project Manager, District 11 Project Manger, Senior Transportation Engineer, Central Corridors Division
Sarah Christensen, Highway 1 Corridor Investment Program Manager, Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission 

The Bus on Shoulder Pilot will allow Rapid Transit buses to use a shoulder to bypass congested traffic during peak commute times. The Transit Only Lane project uses Connected technology to interface with Caltrans ramp meters to hold vehicles while the bus passes on the ramp. The Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission’s Highway 1 Bus-on-Shoulder Program is part of a multimodal program that will build a 7.5-mile long bus-on-shoulder facility on Highway 1 in Santa Cruz County. The first section of this innovative facility, scheduled to start construction in 2021, will be the first permanent one of its kind in California. The facility will be a hybrid bus-on-shoulder/auxiliary lane facility where buses will travel in the auxiliary lanes between interchanges, and travel in the shoulder at the interchanges between the off- and on-ramps.

Session 2B


Lilly Shoup and Ruth Miller, Caltrans Division of Rail and Mass Transit
A seamless, multimodal transportation system grounded in public transit is critical to meeting our climate, equity, and economic goals. The California Integrated Travel Project is an initiative to provide everyone in California with access to reliable information about mobility options, more ways to pay that are contactless, and a seamless experience to receive eligibility discounts.  

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Day 4 - Efficiency and Innovation

Session 1A


Project Review Organizational System (PROS)
Oscar M. Aguilar, Transportation Engineer, Program Project Management, District 11
A “one-stop” shop for comments. The district 11 (San Diego) developed and implemented an Electronic Review Process (known as PROS) to perform the reviews required during project development. Currently, all the Constructability, Safety, and PS&E Circulation reviews are accomplished using this system.

Implementation of Electronic Document Management System(EDMS) for SB1 CMGC 
Kourosh Langari, Division of Design South-Peninsula
This presentation focuses on utilization of cloud based Electronic Document Management System(EDMS) for large CM/GC project during the design and construction phase

Caltrans Virtual Design Construction(VDC)
Kourosh Langari, Division of Design South-Peninsula
Horizontal BIM Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) workflow and Virtual Design Construction (VDC) application for SB1 CMGC project worth $531M   

Session 1B


Performance Report Downloader: A solution to promote the

Cameron Muir, Transportation Engineer & GIS Specialist, Traffic Ops & Advance Planning
The Asset Management Tool is a great resource to view the performance of a project. Commonly though, designers have difficulty finding the performance reports they need quickly. With some more education, I believe all designers will be able to navigate the AM Tool and eventually TAMs. I developed a quick solution for designers to acquire a performance report quickly for their project without having to bother our overworked asset manager. The solution is a very simple and easy to use spreadsheet with only two input values (i.e. EA and to select the desired report (e.g. Ten-year, Programmed, or Post-Programming Changes)). The results are the downloaded performance report for the project. The spreadsheet makes a live database connection; therefore, the data will always be as current as the AM Tool.

Lean 6-SIigma - A systematic Approach to Process Improvements
Troy Tusup, Innovative Business Solutions, Division of Research, Innovation and System Information
This presentation will demonstrate how Caltrans uses the Lean 6-Sigma methodology to improve processes around the state to meet the needs of our customers and partners. You will learn the “how” and “why” of Lean 6-Sigma, opportunities for improvements, and resources to help your area of business.

Session 2A


Culvert Identification
Don Rodgers, P.E.; & Edujie Imoisili-Anjorin, MSTM, P.E
Updated design for culvert markers to assist in correctly identifying culverts in the field.

Soundwall Flood Release Panel
David Beard, Senior Transportation Engineer, Central Region Design
When a freeway project in Santa Barbara required a soundwall to be installed across a flood-prone area, we developed an innovative hinged panel to block large openings built into the wall. Following extensive testing, the specialized panels were manufactured and installed along the base of the wall. 

Traffic Census – Sharing Hardware for Vehicle Detection Stations and Traffic Census Stations
Jorge Moreno, Census Coordinator, District 6 Electrical Systems, Division of Maintenance and Operations
District 6 Traffic Census, which is part of the Electrical Systems unit in the Division of Maintenance and Operations, has implemented several innovations to improve efficiencies and reduce long-term costs. One such innovation is to separate conduits for piezos and loop detectors so that they can be replaced independently. Some Traffic Census stations have also been combined with Vehicle Detector Stations to decrease the number of field elements that need to be maintained.

Traffic Census Stations – Safety and Maintenance for the Present and Future
Aaron Sue, Transportation Engineer Electrical, District 6 Maintenance Intelligent Transportation Systems, Division of Maintenance and Operations
Presentation about how District 6 has been experimenting/implementing 3 shoulder terminations for traffic census stations. This is to separate the leading loops, piezos and the trailing loops from one another. If there is a failure in the field only the affected group of loops or piezos would be replaced. Previously when there is a detection failure in the roadway we usually have to replace all of the loops and piezos.

Session 2B


Diversity and Inclusion in Virtual Mandatory Pre-Bid Meeting
Paige Johnson, District 8 Small Business Liaison, D8-Administration
Jocelyn Whitfield, Governmental and Legislative Affairs, Small Business Outreach and Records Retention Manager, D8- Administration
Jessica Baenre, External Affairs Associate, D8 Administration
The Small Business Office (SBO) host Virtual Mandatory Pre-Bid meeting with presentations from Project Management, Small Business Development Center (SBDC), Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), and SBO with Prime and Sub-Contractors networking session.

Virtual Transportation Permit Vehicle Inspection
Thomas Schriber, Supervising Transportation Engineer; Ai Tran, Senior Transportation Engineer
Narayan Selwal, Senior Transportation Engineer;  Division of Traffic Operations

Per Caltrans Transportation Permitting Policy, Caltrans Permits Vehicle Inspectors are responsible to inspect certain permit vehicles and/or loads for extralegal transportation permit eligibility. Customers had to schedule an appointment two weeks ahead of time, bring their vehicle or load to the designated location for inspection, and wait for their vehicle inspection. Starting 2020, a virtual inspection was piloted resulting in neither the customer nor the inspector needing to travel to conduct the inspection. It's proposed to adopt the virtual inspection permanently

Friday, November 20, 2020

Day 5 - Partnerships and Innovation

Session 1A.1

Chu Wei, Asset Management/Pavements Engineer, FHWA California Division
This presentation focuses on the following innovative pavement & materials testing technologies for the implementation and demonstration projects in California:
(1) AASHTO PP 84-17 Implementation Project, Standard Practice for Developing Performance Engineered Concrete Pavement Mixtures.  a) Box Test b) Super Air Meter c. Surface / Bulk Resistivity Meter d. MIT Dowel Scan e. MIT Scan T3
(2) Asphalt Mixture Performance Tester (AMPT) Demonstration Project for Performance Engineered Mixture Design.  a) AASHTO TP 133 AMPT Cyclic Fatigue b.) AASHTO TP 79 Dynamic Modulus and Flow Number

Session 1A.2


Mariam Dahdul, District Native American Coordinator, D7 Division of Environmental Planning
Local Native American groups were invited to develop interpretative displays that highlighted their communities and spoke to what is important to them. D7 Cultural Resources staff provided support in the development of the exhibit. This paper discusses the details of this engagement with Tribal communities and the results.

Session 1B.1 2:30pm - 3:00pm

Eric Peterson, Transportation Policy Advisor and Research Associate,
Mineta Transportation Institute

The California Rail Service Plan is arguably the best such document so far published by any jurisdiction in the United States. As such, the California plan is used in this paper as the basis of comparison to other state rail service plans submitted to the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) on record as of June 2020 as required under Section 303 of the Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act (PRIIA) of 2008. The purpose of this paper is to identify the best practices and the gaps that may inform California and other states in their future rail service plan development.

Session 1B.2

Lynn Hiel, Transportation Engineer, Structure Design
Bin Shen, Technical Liaison Engineer, Structure Design
Mina Pezeshpour, Office Chief – Office of Bridge Design, South
Elias Kurani, Office Chief – Office of Bridge Design, Central 

Presentation on the Building Information Modeling (BIM) developments in Structure Design at Caltrans and summarize the multi-year research projects we are currently engaged in from FHWA, AASHTO T-19, DRISI, and NCHRP (pending), where we collaborate with DOTs from across the nation on BIM for Bridges and Structures.

Session 2A.1

Adam Cohen and Susan Shaheen, Mineta Transportation Institute
This presentation provides recommendations for integrating transportation into smart cities. The presentation will feature what a smart city is and how to replicate smart city successes; and the role of pilot projects, metrics, and evaluations to test, implement, and replicate strategies.

Session 2A.2

Jeremy Johnson, Senior Equipment Engineer, Division of Equipment., Caltrans
The Division of Equipment recognized the need for production tracking technology. They engineered / developed / manufactured / deployed digital tracking devices saving 10s of thousands of dollars if purchased off-the-shelf. Once deployed the production tracking devices day-lighted bottle necks in production. This visual aid has resulted in efficiencies of production labor exceeding 200 hours per vehicle.